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Yingluck impeachment is an execution of Thai democracy

Hewison, K. (2015) Yingluck impeachment is an execution of Thai democracy. The Conversation, 27 January 2015 .

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No-one should be surprised that Thailand’s former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been impeached by the military-appointed National Legislative Assembly. This was one more act in a political tragedy in which elected politicians have been repeatedly defeated by the military and judiciary.

Despite rumours of a behind-the-scenes “deal” being done, when the assembly voted it was almost unanimous in impeaching Yingluck and banning her from politics for five years last week. These events were scripted, directed and produced by the military junta. Perhaps the only surprise was that Yingluck defended herself, her government and electoral democracy.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
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